Reading 1: Genesis 17:3-9; Gospel : John 8:51-59
If I were to seek my own glory, that would be no glory at all; my glory is conferred by the Father
Mean men enjoy making others fall at their feet, thinking that it is honour! The greatness of a man consists in his ability to glorify others!
Glory, honour, adoration – these, in fact, belong to God alone. It is only in as much as we are close to him, we can participate in them to a lesser degree! Now, what is glory? This is again a concept that most people do not understand clearly. Let us do some concept clarification.
‘Glory’ is the recognition of excellence in someone by someone else, together with admiration and praise for it. And as such, it can be given only to intelligent and free beings; and only intelligent and free beings can give it. The sun and the moon cannot be glorified; nor can they glorify anyone! One cannot glorify oneself. That would be vain glory or bragging.
The higher is the glory when it is given by someone truly superior, because only the great are capable of recognizing greatness in others. There is a difference between being praised by a slave or by a king.
The greatest glory we can receive can, therefore be, only from God, because only He is capable of recognizing the real excellence of our beings. When God recognizes his image in us, we get the highest glory possible, because the best is recognized by the best! In front of God’s recognition, mere human glory is chaff and shameful propaganda, like that of the politicians.
That is why Jesus says, “If I were to seek my own glory, that would be no glory at all; my glory is conferred by the Father.”